No matter where I am, whether it’s the elevator, the gym, the mall, I’ve noticed that we have an addiction and it’s not pretty.  BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, it doesn’t matter, they are everywhere! So since we can’t rid ourselves of our addiction, we might as well find a way to embrace it.


With each new year we always pledge to exercise more, eat better and lose those unwanted 15-20 lbs. by swimsuit season. With the combination our technology addiction and the need to be healthy, I wanted to pass along the top 9 mobile apps for the fitness and health conscious Jersey Girl. Use these to better your life, encourage yourself, and reach your goals.


Best Apps to Eat Better
New App #1: Tap & Track
This comprehensive app calculates exactly how many calories you
should be eating each day, factoring in things like your job to determine how active you are. You enter what you’re eating and how much you’re exercising, and Tap & Track creates graphs that make it easy to see your progress, even if the scale doesn’t dip that day.
Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Cost: $3.99

New App #2: Google Goggles
Snap a picture of a food label on your smartphone and this app tells you everything you want (or maybe don’t want) to know about that product: Nutrition information, the company’s website, where it’s sold, and more.
Available for: Android, iPhone
Cost: Free

New App #3: Seafood Watch
Use this new app created by the Monterey Bay Aquarium to choose fish that’s good for you and for the environment. Don’t know your toro (tuna) from your sake (salmon) on the sushi menu? No worries. The app lists fish by their Japanese names as well.
Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Cost: Free


Best Apps to Exercise More
New App #4: Map My Fitness
GPS for your runs, hikes, bike rides and other activities. No running buddy in your city? This application lets you share and compare stats (duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, and calories burned) with friends around the world.
Available for: iPhone, BlackBerry, Android
Cost: Free
video game combo, you specify your fitness level, how long you want to work out, and the equipment at your disposal, and it generates a series of fun exercises that challenge your whole body. You won’t feel like you’re working out—but you’ll look like you did it!
Available for: iPhone,
iPod touch, iPad
Cost: $1.99

New App #5: BodyFate
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New App #6: Google Maps for Mobile
Preinstalled on most smart phones, this app can do more than simply map a run or bike ride. Its terrain-layer feature helps you locate the elevation you’re looking for. Just be sure to specify whether you’re on a bike or on foot; Google Maps will send you on the best route for your mode of transport.
Available for: iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and more.
Cost: Free


Best Apps to Improve Your Health
New App #7: DrinkTracker
You’re fine to drive home after two glasses of wine, right? Not so fast. Plug in your vital stats and what you’ve been drinking, and DrinkTracker will estimate your blood alcohol content so you know when it’s time to call a cab (or hoof it home).
Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Cost: $1.99
doctors (in case you get carried away with self diagnoses).
Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Cost: Free
fall asleep
Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Blackberry
Cost: $1.99

New App #8: WebMD Mobile
Research symptoms, look up how to handle an emergency and more with this on-the-go version of the popular health website. Just remember that it’s not a substitute for real

New App #9: White Noise
Choose from a variety of ambient noises, from light rain with birds to crickets chirping to help you relax or

Your JGF,



*courtesy of Shape Magazine

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